3 biggest areas of need for the Toronto Raptors this offseason

3 biggest areas of need for the Toronto Raptors this offseason

Despite losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in six games during the first round of the NBA playoffs, the Toronto Raptors had a successful season in 2021-22. The Raptors clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, Scottie Barnes won Rookie of the Year, and Fred VanVleet is an All-Star this year. Considering that this […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 6

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs 76ers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for NBA Playoffs Game 6

The Toronto Raptors could’ve folded after losing three straight games to the Philadelphia 76ers, but Pascal Siakam, Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes, and the rest of the squad have fought back. Unfortunately, the most recent Toronto Raptors odds remain pessimistic when looking at their chances to advance. With Joel Embiid nursing a thumb injury […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

It’s Transaction Time! Here are the Blue Jays’ needs now that teams can make trades and signings again

The lockout is done and despite losing $10 to fellow Blue Jays Nation writer, Brendon Kuhn, I am pretty damn happy. Instead of refreshing Twitter hoping that the lockout will end, I am now refreshing Twitter to see Blue Jays rumours.

Per Spotrac, the Blue Jays have a payroll of $159,382,143, meaning that they can spend an additional $70,613,857 before they hit the new Competitive Balance Tax of $230,000,000 (they can still spend over this).
Let’s hop into the biggest needs the Blue Jays have coming into the 2022 season.
Starting pitching:
I think there is an argument that the Blue Jays don’t actually need starting pitching. They already have a very good core of four players (Kevin Gausman, Jose Berrios, Alek Manoah, Hyun-Jin Ryu). If you were to add Ross Stripling as their fifth starter, the team still looks good. However, with over $70 million left to spend, it’s easy to see the Jays possibly looking to upgrade the last spot in their rotation.
In terms of free agents, the best free-agent pitcher available is Carlos Rodon. The 29-year-old left-handed pitcher owned a 2.38 ERA along with a 2.65 FIP in 2021. He also had an incredible K/9 of 12.55 with a lowish BB/9 of 2.44. There are concerns about his health though, as he only pitched 42.1 innings in the two seasons prior.
Another name that’s been in the rumour mill, especially before the lockout started, is 30-year-old left-handed …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

3 Raptors who must step up after OG Anunoby finger injury

3 Raptors who must step up after OG Anunoby finger injury

The Toronto Raptors are already feeling the sting of losing OG Anunoby for an extended period. His two-way skill has been sorely missed, as teams like the Hawks and Hornets blew this squad out of the water after returning from the All-Star break. Things went from bad to worse on Thursday night. Not only was […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The Kirill Semyonov situation might be good for the player, but not ideal for the Leafs

Whenever we write about the Leafs losing a fourth liner or potential fourth line player, I have the same voice in the back of my head reminding not to make too big a deal out of it. That voice is generally right. The Leafs decision to cut ties with Semyonov and allow him to return to the KHL where a better contract, better ice time, and a life in his home nation is one that you can’t really find much fault in, and at the end of the day you’re probably not going to have a lot of difficulty tracking down some 5th and 6th center depth by the time you need it, so perhaps I just need to chill out on Semyonov. That’s good advice.

Semyonov had no interest in going back to the Marlies, resulting in the contract termination. #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) December 1, 2021

Still, I feel that the 30 minute NHL career of Kirill Semyonov deserves a little reflection. Arguably he was brought in when he was because he was the safety net of the Leafs adding someone who could play a regular shift with Ilya Mikheyev in a third line shutdown setting. When the …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet is evolving into an undisputed All-Star

Toronto Raptors: Fred VanVleet is evolving into an undisputed All-Star

After losing the team leader and face of the franchise in Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat this past offseason, the Toronto Raptors turned to none other than Fred VanVleet to claim the throne. After years of serving as an understudy and running mate to Lowry, Wichita State’s finest was ready to show just how […]
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Author: Melissa Gil / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam “offered”, OG Anunoby likely not for sale

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam “offered”, OG Anunoby likely not for sale

The Toronto Raptors could be on the verge of losing Kyle Lowry in free agency, but fans should take solace in the fact that a core led by OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam could help get things turned around quickly. At least…they could get things turned around quickly if they themselves don’t end up getting […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Another day, another meltdown

The losing streak has reached five games.

Remember when the Blue Jays won their first game of the Boston series earlier this week and then had a chance to get into first place in the American League East with another win? That feels like another lifetime. The team now has a 23-22 record.
Sunday’s game actually looked like a prime opportunity to end the skid. Hyun Jin Ryu took the mound and tossed a gem, allowing just a couple of earned runs over six-and-two-thirds innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Teoscar Hernandez reached on an infield single (which could have been scored an error) and then Randal Grichuk put the team up 4-2 with a bomb.
Charlie Montoyo opted to roll with Tyler Chatwood, who had allowed one earned run all season coming into the game, in the ninth inning to close things down.
And then everything went to hell.
Chatwood walked Ji-Man Choi and allowed Brandon Lowe to smack a single. He got Taylor Walls to ground out but then Brett Phillips made the score 4-3 with a single of his own. Chatwood then got Randy Arozarena to line out but then walked Yandy Diaz to …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Should Rasmus Sandin stay in the Leafs lineup?

Should Rasmus Sandin stay in the Leafs lineup?

The Leafs have won, finally. After a five-game losing streak, Toronto’s big guns all came out firing. Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner with three points each, Jason Spezza with a goal assisted by Joe Thornton, and even Nick Foligno who got his first point as a Leaf.
But the most intriguing part to me is Rasmus Sandin. He’s played incredible with Toronto in his last few games but I get the sense that once Zach Bogosian is healthy, Sandin comes out of the lineup. I don’t like the idea of that, yet I feel like it’s inevitable.
In my video today, I discuss why he should stay in the lineup and also why I think he’ll be taken out. I hope you enjoy the it!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Hyun Jin Ryu gets knocked around for the first time this season as the Blue Jays fall in Boston

The losing streak extends to three as the Blue Jays get dropped in Boston by a score of 4-2. Those Sox, they might be pretty good!

Things worth mentioning…

For the first time this season, Hyun Jin Ryu got hit. Heading into tonight’s game, Toronto’s ace had allowed just four earned runs over the course of 19 innings. Tonight, he allowed four in five innings. Ryu was masterful through his first three innings but the Red Sox got to him their second time up to bat. In the fourth inning, Ryu allowed a single, a single, a homer to Xander Bogaerts, a double, and a triple for four runs. He managed to work through a double and a fielding error in the fifth inning and then got pulled. Boston just came off a win in which they put up six innings in the first on Lucas Giolito, so I wouldn’t pin this so much on Ryu pitching poorly, more so on Boston being very hot.
Even despite Ryu’s ho-hum start, the Blue Jays bats, yet again, did virtually nothing. The team scored only two runs, both on solo homers from Bo Bichette and Randal Grichuk. They only …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation